Ongoing Children's Programs


Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" - The next Reading to the Dogs or Reading to the Cat & Dogs programs will be:  Saturday, June 7: 2 to 3 p.m.  There will be no program in May or August.  Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.

Lapsit for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers.  Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. Lead by Volunteer Amanda Barche Lindberg from Ivy Tech. This is a good opportunity for families to make new friends and have fun at the library.

Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend. 

Many other special programs are held throughout the year.

Children's Department News - July 2014



Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00  

Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.

Location: Children’s Activity Room. No Registration

July 1 & 3: Picnic and summer fun stories (No activities on Friday, July 4.)

July 8, 10 & 11: Books about fireflies and other bugs. Puppet craft.

July 15, 17 & 18: Ocean stories and craft

July 22, 24 & 25:  New books, including When Edgar met Cecil and A Pet for Fly Guy.

July 29, 31, & August 1: Reptile stories

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children’s activity room, first floor.

            This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs.


*** The library will be closed on Friday July 4th & Saturday July 5th in observance of Independence Day ***




July Events for Children

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Lego Club

Saturday, July 12; Walnut & Elm Rooms

Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.


Lego Club is open to children of all ages. Come and build with the library’s Lego collection. After the program, children may display their creations in display cases in the library. Children who are 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration. Free.


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Reading to the Cat and Dogs!

Saturday, July 26. Time: 2 to 3 p.m.

Walnut & Elm Rooms


Therapy dogs and possibly a cat from the Caring Paws organization will be at the library to listen to children read to them. At the end of the reading session, there will be a short “meet and greet” opportunity for children who are not yet reading and their parents. Children may bring books from home or choose some at the library.   This program is for children ages 4 and older. Free. Registration required by Friday, July 25.  


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Summer Reading Club: Fizz, Boom, Read!


            Reminder: Children enrolled in the summer reading club are encouraged to read and collect their prizes during July. (The last day to register is July 3.) Children may collect reading club prizes until August 9, but the last day to enter the End of Summer contest will be Thursday, July 24. Come in soon for the best selection of prizes!




July Summer Reading Club Programs

for Children of all ages and their Caregivers

Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms (2nd floor) Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. unless noted

No registration or fees.

Children who are 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, July 2: No program

Wednesday, July 9: “Music Day” Tippecanoe Arts Federation will host an “Instrument Petting Zoo.” Entertainment will also be provided by local musicians, both students and adults.

*Saturday, July 12: Lego Club for children of all ages. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

*Wednesday, July 16: Movie Day. Call the library to learn the name of this animated film. (We are not allowed to publicize the title outside of the library.) Special time: 2 to 3:45 p.m.  Free popcorn!


*Saturday, July 19: Art exploration class with WL Parks & Recreation art teacher Jeannette Rehmel  Time:  2 to 3 p.m. This program is best for children ages 5 and older.

Wednesday, July 23: Morton Dance Troop demonstration & workshop.




Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: or the Pet Partners site:

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.


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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.



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